Goats/BAD TOOTH

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Hi, Donna how are you this good Friday. The Doe I mentioned a bit ago has an abscess on her jaw caused by a bad tooth. I have been able to drain the pus from it a couple times, but she obviously is in great pain. She wants to eat but quickly spits it out as she can't chew. It is a molar and from what I can feel and see it is pretty much broke off and most likely the nerve will die if I can get her through this. I rubbed a bit of crushed garlic on it. I have pain killers coming Ibuprofen, and aspirin. I have her on penicillin. is there anything more I can do? She will take a bit of bread and I made a warm bucket electrolytes and added some molasses, probably not the best choice, but to keep her energy up. Thanks.

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Penicillin should take care of the infection.  3 cc/100 pounds body weight twice a day intramuscularly (a must) for 7 to 10 days.  For the pain, and most likely she has a fever (over 102.5 temp) would use human aspirin one 325 mg per 75 pounds body weight crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, and given every 4 hours until the pain subsides.  I would advise mixing up a drench made with human oatmeal made thinner than normal and to that add five vitamin B complex tablets that have been crushed (about 1 cup of oatmeal) along with a tablespoon of molasses, mix well, cool and give orally as a drench 3 to 4 times a day. She also needs to be on probiotics during the time she is on antibiotics - yogurt at two teaspoons twice a day works well and you can mix this into the oatmeal mush.  Hope this helps - let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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